The Golden Age and Decline of Islamic Civilisation : Dr Djazair
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The Golden Age and Decline of Islamic Civilisation : Dr Djazair

The Golden Age and Decline of Islamic Civilisation
Dr Salah Eddine Zaimeche Al-Djazairi
Paperback 822 Pages
Published by Bayt Al-Hikma Press, UK

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The third in a Series of Books by Dr Salah Eddine Zaimeche Al-Djazairi, the others being A Short History of Islam By: S.E.Al-Djazairi and The Hidden Debt to Islamic Civilisation by S.E. Al Djazairi

Muslim civilisation sprang into existence soon after the birth of Islam (7th century C.E). It lasted for a large part of the middle Ages, and began to collapse in the 13th century following the loss of the centres of Islamic power and civilisation: Cordova (1236), Valencia (1238), Seville (1248), and Baghdad (1258), all fell in the space of few decades to invading forces. During the same period, in 1260, Damascus and other Syrian towns and cities, core centres of Islamic civilisation, also fell to invading Mongol hordes, completing a chain of disasters. On the particular impact of the Mongols, Saunders says, that, in Baghdad, in 1258, the palaces, colleges and mosques were plundered and burnt; the cultural accumulation of five centuries perished in the flames, and the appalling figure of 800,000 is the lowest estimate given of the number of men, women and children who were slaughtered in the streets and houses.The Christians gathered in a church under their patriarch were spared.

This book will not specifically address the issue of the Islamic impact on the Christian West, but will touch upon it in many instances, showing how Islamic learning was transferred to the Christian West. In doing so, this work will highlight one particular inanity generalised amongst Western history that the science and learning the Christian West recuperated from Islam (in the 12th century, above all) was Greek, and the reason why it was recovered in Arabic was because ‘Greek science had been lost to the Christian West, and was recuperated in Arabic from its Muslim guardians.’[33]Yet, we also find that whenever there was any revival elsewhere, or any other time in the Christian West, it was due to the Greek legacy. Hence, in this latter respect, we learn, for instance, ‘that the mother of all Western universities, Salerno in southern Italy, owes this status thanks to the Greek legacy; that Sicily played its leading role in the rise of modern science and civilisation, again thanks to its Greek heritage, that Amalfi, also in the south of Italy, did the same, that  the later Renaissance (16th century) was due to the flow of Greek learning to the Christian West from deceased Byzantium (following its taking by the Turks in 1453), and so on and so forth.’[34]Hence, we have two contradictory arguments held by nearly every single Western historian, that on one hand Greek learning was lost to the Christian West, which explains its recovery from Arabic, and on the other, that such Greek learning, in its pristine Greek form, was responsible for the flowering of science and civilisation, whether before the 12th century, or after, or during the 16th-17th century Renaissance   (From The Introduction)

It is normal for Muslims to take pride in the great Islamic civilisation, however in order to meet the challenges of the future, one should learn from the past facts and not from propaganda which has left a legacy of distortions and misunderstanding.

About the Author: Dr Salah Eddin Zaimeche Al-Djazairi

Dr Salah has lectured and researched at the University of Constantine ( Algeria ) for more than ten years. He also tutored at the Department of Geography of the University of Manchester . More recently, he has worked as a research assistant at UMIST ( Manchester ) in the field of history of science.

Dr Salah has published many academic works. Publications in scientific journals include papers on environmental degradation, and desertification, as well as papers on politics and change in North Africa , and problems of economic and social development. He has also contributed historical entries to various encyclopaedias such as the Columbia Gazetteer, Encyclopaedia Britannica, and Francophone Studies. The largest written contribution by the author has been on the subject of Muslim science and civilisation, where many of his articles, can be found (in PDF format) on the website: http://Muslimheritage.com

Bayt-Al-Hikma Press was set up in October 2005 and is the publisher of Golden Age and Decline of Islamic Civilisation as well as of The Hidden Debt to Islamic Civilisation also by Dr Salah Al-Djazairi

'O ye who believe! If a wicked person comes to you with any news, ascertain the truth, lest ye harm people unwittingly, and afterwards become full of repentance for what ye have done'
{TM Qur'an Al-Hujurat (The Dwellings) 49:6}



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